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evergreen tree

outlasted dinosaurs

now endangered

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The Araucaria araucana tree survived the extinction of the dinosaurs but is now thought to be in danger.

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One endemic bird, the austral parakeet, relies heavily on the seeds it produces.

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Scientists say they prevent nut populations from collapsing due to overharvesting.

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Parakeets that feed on araucaria fruit are essential to the survival of the trees in araucaria forests.

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Bread flour made from pine nuts is a staple food for the Mapuche people

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an indigenous group native to Chile and Argentina.

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As a result of illegal seed harvesting, the trees' ability to regenerate is jeopardized.

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The Mapuche people are re-establishing Araucaria forests and re-learning their cultural traditions.

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